There are three types of CBD on the spectrum: CBD isolate is on one end and contains only CBD and none of the other compounds. In other words, it is CBD only. Full-spectrum CBD is on the other end. It contains THC, but never more than 0.3% by law, in addition to the other 100+ cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. Broad spectrum is quite similar to full spectrum, but without the THC.
Simply speaking, broad-spectrum CBD falls between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. It contains the entire spectrum of cannabinoids except for the THC, which has been removed. Broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum, CBD can also produce the helpful “entourage effect,” however, which is the synergistic effect that occurs when the many components of the hemp plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger impact than any one of those components could produce on its own.
Note: When we refer to cannabis in the paragraphs below, we are always referring to the hemp family of cannabis from which the CBD is derived. We CBD merchants always use hemp for its very high CBD content and low THC content. Marijuana is the other cannabis variety, a cousin to hemp, and contain high concentrations of THC and low amounts of CBD, which, as CBD providers, is not the combination we want.
The “entourage effect” is the desirable synergistic effect that occurs when the many components of the hemp plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence than any one of those components could produce on its own.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains all the beneficial compounds naturally found in cannabis, but not the THC. One such helpful compound is terpenes, of which the hemp cannabis plant contains more than 150. Terpenes provide the unique scent, like the citrusy aroma of lemons, and therapeutic benefits similar to chamomile and lavender.
Let’s dig a little deeper into terpenes and flavonoids, where full- and broad-spectrum CBD gets much of its character.
Terpenes are produced in the sticky resin glands of the cannabis plant where CBD and other cannabinoids are also produced. Terpenes give hemp its distinctive aroma and flavor, while delivering therapeutic effects. The cannabis plant contains more than 150.
Flavonoids are a group of plant metabolites (the product of a plant’s metabolism) thought to provide antioxidant and other health benefits. Flavonoids are similar to terpenes in that they contribute to a plant's aroma and flavor profile but may also offer their own unique therapeutic effects such as help with inflammation and neuroprotection. Flavonoids are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Cannabis includes about 20 different flavonoids.
Does broad-spectrum CBD contain THC?
No. Broad-spectrum CBD contains the entire spectrum of cannabinoids except for THC, which has been removed.
How much broad-spectrum CBD should I take?
More is more, generally speaking. Exact Nature products most commonly offer either 25 or 50 milligrams per serving, which we suggest taking twice a day. The total CBD you’ll get in both doses is significant and stands to have greater impact as a result. This is why we chose these amounts – we want it to work for you! Both amounts fall within the research-suggested doses of between 20 and 1,500 milligrams of CBD a day.
Is broad-spectrum stronger than full-spectrum CBD or vice versa?
Neither is stronger than the other. The difference between the two is that broad spectrum has no THC and full spectrum has 0.3% or less, not enough for an intoxicating effect. So, the stated amount of CBD per serving, from 25 to 50 mg, is the same whether it’s broad- or full-spectrum. Both of these spectrums keep the flavonoids and terpenes for good effect, especially considering the potential an entourage effect, that synergy that can occur within our bodies.
How does broad-spectrum CBD work?
Researchers believe CBD binds to and balances a system of neurotransmitters throughout the body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). A balanced ECS helps return your body to equilibrium. When you take CBD, you are replenishing the endocannabinoids in the ECS that can become depleted over time from the everyday stressors of life. It is generally believed that CBD helps stabilize important bodily functions from mood to sleep to addictive cravings.
Is broad-spectrum CBD safe for people who want to stop drinking?
Yes, indeed. Exact Nature’s only reason to exist is because we believe in the myriad ways CBD can help those of us in sobriety; we wouldn’t offer them otherwise. All Exact Nature products are non-addictive, and non-intoxicating.
Is broad-spectrum CBD addictive or habit forming?
No; while full-spectrum CBD does contain 0.3% THC or less, it is not enough to be intoxicating. Because of this, CBD is not addictive nor habit forming. The positive outlook that can come with CBD use can be habit forming, however.
Will broad-spectrum CBD get me high? Is it addictive?
No, broad-spectrum CBD is non-intoxicating and non-addictive. It does not contain THC, the intoxicating element in marijuana. There’s no chance any Exact Nature product will get you high because all our products either have no THC at all, such as broad-spectrum CBD, or very low amounts (<0.3%), such as full spectrum.
Does broad-spectrum CBD show up in drug tests?
Cannabis drug tests typically test for THC, not CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD does not contain THC, so you will not test positive. Full-spectrum CBD contains no more than 0.3% THC, so there’s a possibility it could show up on tests for THC, but it’s still unlikely.
How does broad-spectrum CBD make you feel?
Broad-spectrum CBD can help you stay centered, grounded, and more relaxed as you go about your day. CBD can be calming, help with pain relief, like menstrual pain or muscle pain, inflammation, and concentration. We like to say that CBD, including broad-spectrum, stabilizes important bodily functions from mood to sleep to addictive cravings.
Does broad-spectrum CBD provide anti-inflammatory protection?
According to a study published on the website for the National Center for Biotechnology Information (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7023045/), “cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main pharmacologically active phytocannabinoids of Cannabis sativa L. CBD is non-psychoactive but exerts a number of beneficial pharmacological effects, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.”
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